|Jamo struggled with a tight zone but never caved (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
Drew Steckenrider got the ball in the eighth. Fraze worked him for an eight-pitch walk with an out, then was caught stealing on what appeared to be a hit-and-run gone bad. J-Hay K'ed and it was another zippo. In trotted George Kontos. A pair of singles left runners on the corners with two outs, but the dish remained clean thanks to a nice play in the hole by J-Hay. Brad Ziegler got the ninth inning call, and Starling dropped down a one-out bunt single. A J-Bell knock moved Marte to third (Starling may have helped get the ball through with a fake break, getting 2B Starlin Castro swaying) and he came in on what we suppose was a squeeze of some flavor (EDIT - Corey did it on his own). Corey D popped up a bunt, but it found grass between the pitcher and second baseman. working just as well as a liner to right. Just in time, too, as Fran bounced into a DP. Felipe Vazquez climbed the bump. He had a little problem adjusting to Diaz's zone, but none with the Marlins. RTJR!
|Starling's wheels may have stolen this game (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
- Jamo has now thrown 15 consecutive shutout innings.
- For all the talk of the Bucco offense, there are three starters hitting under .250 - Marte, .241, Jordy, .227 and Gregory .220. We'll see how sustainable slugging percentage and RISP are down the road; hopefully the pen and leather will step up to help carry the load.
- Kimera Bartee was back coaching first base tonight for the Pirates. Omar Moreno had filled in for him while Kimera was away after a death in the family.